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unfortunately, although they are hard to believe at this point, a very low death toll. four afghan police, one child and as many as eight to ten taliban fighters. and it may not be over. western intelligence believe there may be more taliban dressed as afghan army. some attackers were in after began army uniforms. there may be more roaming the city. the attack may not be over yet, mika. >> jim miklaszewski, thank you for that developing story. a new week begins in haiti, much the same way the last one ended. millions in need of food and water and international workers are struggling to get it delivered. tons of supplies are building up at the airport, new flareups of violence mean few workers can venture into the streets. bill clinton with a special
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envoy of haiti is heading there to check on the situation. we'll check on kerry sanders with the situation in haiti in a few minutes. back here in america, a major political story unfolding. voters head to polls in massachusetts in a u.s. senate race with huge national implications. about a month ago, democrat martha coakley was considered a virtual shoo-in. but scott brown is pulling ahead with brown opposing the health care overhaul, the race now threatens president obama's top domestic priority. with that, the president headed to massachusetts yesterday to try and jump start his base and salvage the democrat's 60th vote. >> if you were fired up in the last election, i need you more fired up in this election. i need you working just as hard in the final days. i need you knocking on doors,
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making phone calls, talking to your friends and your neighbors and telling them what's at stake on tuesday, that every vote matters, that every voice matters. >> wow. that's a risk. for more on this razor-close race, nbc's norah o'donnell joins us live from boston, braving the cold rain. norah, good morning. >> i know, it looks like we're covering a hurricane out here and we're covering the massachusetts senate race. the latest poll shows scott brown is up five points over martha coakley. the white house saying publicly that they believe coakley can still win this race or the president wouldn't have come here yesterday, but privately, they are making contingency plans in case she does not win to try and pass health care reform. i want to touch on a couple of things. the contingency plan, the republican in this race, scott
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brown, president obama said this is about going forward or going backward. he rides around in a truck. he said you have to look under the hood to see what's going on. and accusing wall street instead of the people of massachusetts. coakley, made a lot of different gaffes. scott brown, his rally had a different momentum. doug flutie, curt schilling, cliff from "cheers," a working class feel. 90% of republicans back scott brown, and coakley, only 70% of democrats back her. she has an enthusiasm gap. and how are they making contingency plans? get this. one of the things they are talking about in washington, taking the senate bill, passing it as is in the house, which means it could go straight to the president's desk for signature and work out the
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details later. >> norah o'donnell. >> stay there, norah, we'll be getting back to you. i'm surprised. first of all, cliff from "cheers," but curt schilling, how do you get a yankees fan to boston? let's play martha coakley talking about -- head democrats say she's probably the most clueless -- this is a democrat. so, please, bloggers, put down the cheetos, don't attack me. democrats saying she is the most clueless candidate they have ever seen in their life. this is her talking about curt schilling, the yankee.
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>> the iconic figure, curt schilling. anybody who has suffered with the red sox. hold on -- hold on. one of the most iconic movements of the last century of the boston red sox is curt schilling's bloody sock. >> it's not like they are talking about coco crisp. they are talking about curt schilling. >> for those in new york who don't quite get it, it's serious. it's like somebody campaigning in the bronx. harold ford campaigning in the bronx calling geno a red sox. oar campaigning in the bronx with a red sox hat on. her is the response. mike barnicle, you write for
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"time" this week. you are saying, joanne privo, used to be an important precinct captain for the former democratic mayor of captain. she was baptized democrat and putting a big sign in her window for i republican riding the wave of a perfect political storm. you're writing about people in the "time" piece. who is going on right now? >> this should not be confused with the tea party rallies. this is not that. this is huge voter unrest, anxiety, frustration, with the existing order, with the incumbents, and the attorney general, martha coakley, she is viewed as an incumbent and there is rage against the machine, there really is. >> norah o'donnell. >> i think she nailed it when
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she said there an enthusiasm problem with her. no momentum. >> norah, isn't the bigger problem here -- and i would recommend to republicans talking about how tomorrow could be a revolution, isn't there a big problem with martha coakley, flawed candidate, while it's a huge win for republicans, the fact is she has done everything wrong and it may be less about a weakened democratic party and more about a very weak candidacy. >> well, it certainly is the spin that the democratic party is going to make, if, in fact, she loses the race. coakley was a weak candidate, she took time off, had a series of gaffes, on and on and on. they are sort of writing the campaign obituary at this point. the white house insists the president would not have come unless he thought that he could bring out enough votes to put her over the line. i was struck by the president's
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remarks, not how much was he supporting coakley, and asking people to look under the hood, but defending his presidency. i think he gets the sense that the political press will write there race about a sign what's going on with his presidency. he said, look, we have to go forward, not backward. one year we're trying to turn back eight years of the bush administration. they get what's at stake here. they recognize and the republicans in washington are making the case that this is a referendum on his health care plan, on his agenda, and that's why they are scared. >> maybe she should have done more. mike barnicle talks about whether or not she could have gotten out there more. >> and could i just -- >> yeah. >> mika, i covered the race more than ten years ago for joe kennedy's seat, and a guy named mike aquano won.
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and the reason was shoe leather, he knocked on doors. and that's what it takes in a place like boston. martha coakley has not done that in the last month. the ads of scott brown is him in neighborhoods, slapping people on the backs, waving at people, and in barber shops. >> it's not a coronation and people don't respond well to feeling like their candidate is handing to them up on high. the kennedy name, very important, but you have to tell people what are you made of and be a little scrappy. >> this will be a loss by martha coakley. if she would have ran a great campaign, she would have run, but the bigger problem here is the fact that this may be a referendum, if not on the obama presidency, on the health care plan that keeps getting more
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unpopular by the day. more unpopular in massachusetts than popular. if you look at the polls, 35, 40. they are all over when it comes to health care reform machine, b but most democrats in washington are waking up thinking this is a seat they haven't lost since the 1950s. >> right. that's why we saw the president go up to massachusetts yesterday, to not only try and save martha coakley. i loved your line about the president doesn't have to just rescue haiti, but now have to go to massachusetts to rescue martha coakley. he said this is about his agenda. if he wants this health care bill passed, he's got to try to help her save herself. it doesn't look like it's going to work. >> let me ask you something about martha coakley from a distance, at the beginning of the process, she looked like a really good candidate. state wide, seems to be very
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bright, educated, intelligent, articulate, but did anybody foresee this, that she would make fun of scott brown for shaking hands out of fenway? she sounds like the most tone deaf candidate. they criticized her for going to a fancy washington fund-raiser, and she said what would you have me do? shake hands in the cold outside of fenway? >> she's not an arrogant person, she's not. >> she's not. >> but her campaign is the most arrogant state-wide campaign i've encounters in many, many years. >> democrats in that state are outraged at how bad that campaign has gone. >> they are furious. she should be indicted for the kind of campaign she's run.
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she's attorney general. but she should be indicted herself for presiding over that campaign. >> they thought they had it all figured out. >> i thought i was struck by two contrasting things. 2006, kennedy's last campaign for his last race. i was with him in marlboro, massachusetts, middle of the state, far different than cambridge and boston. it was his fourth event of the day, grabbing hands, slapping people in the back, singing an irish song in the restaurant in marlboro, massachusetts. i went through marlboro, massachusetts, on the way to a batting cage in worcester, massachusetts, all i encountered was brown signs. she made only a handful of public appearances between christmas and about a week ago. >> listen, we don't want to put the words in a man that is
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decess deseceas deceas deceased. you talk about sitting on the porch with him in hyannis port. i would love to know what he thinks about the campaign. he would have some salty words. >> i never lived in pensacola, but if i lived in pensacola, i know what your best asset would be and it's this. >> oh, yeah. and even after winning by 72% by second term, i knocked on thousands of doors. i would hold 10, 15 town hall meetings a month. if you're an elected leader, you have to go out and hear what people say and she's just done the opposite. >> they thought it would carry them, the endorsement of the kennedy family. >> willie, the golden globes, did you have fun staying up late? >> oh, of course.
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the highlight. mike tyson on stage holding a golden globe. we'll tell you why. >> and did you see that "the new york times" article yesterday about nbc? i want to talk about that. >> we'll get to that as well. and new polls at half past the hour pertaining totality election. up next, why health care could be gone, even if coakley wins and elizabeth edwards defends herself. in a few minutes, the author of "game change" join us in the studio. but first, bill karins with a look at the weather. >> rain changing to snow in boston. end up with two to three inches by the time it's all said and done. and a lot of snow in southern new hampshire and areas of maine. and new york city, should be fine in afternoon. as far as the forecast, 52 in washington, d.c., 46 in new york
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welcome to "morning joe." a live shot of times square. let's take a look at the morning papers. "usa today," the united states is stepping up relief effort in haiti. an additional 7,500 military personnel expected to arrive today for a situation that's going from tragic to possibly chaotic. "the new york times," more missed clues. there were far more warning signs than the administration has admitted. >> "the dallas morning news." tony romo walks off the field
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after being crushed by the vikings. tony doesn't have a pop singer to blame for his poor performance this year. can't blame jessica simpson, he sucks. i'm sorry. in the playoffs he does. no, he does in the playoffs. >> he fumbles. >> he sucks. >> yeah. >> "the washington post" obama stumps in massachusetts, his health care agenda at sick. democrats would lose the 60-seat majority if coakley falls. >> let's go to politico. >> no more commentary on tony romo. i would agree with you in the playoffs. >> the record proves. >> you remember the first playoff? he is supposed to hold the ball so they can kick it and win the game, and he fumbles it. they are paying him millions to hold the football.
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>> let's go to politico. >> it's fashion design. >> let's go to jim vandehei in d.c. with a look at the politico playbook. >> good morning. how are you? >> we're good. we've been talking about the massachusetts special election, and perhaps what it would mean -- a loss would mean for president obama and his agenda? what do you think? >> as a political story this is a 10.0 on the richter scale. gone would be the majority, gone would be the obama magic, and gone would be health care reform. it's not clear that democrats would still ram through health care reform, if they didn't have a filibuster proof majority in the senate this is a huge story. people around obama are very worried they would lose the seat. there was a poll out over the weekend that confirmed what most of the polls are showing that republicans could easily win
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this seat, they could dominate the independent vote and could be in a lot of trouble out of tuesday. a lot of nervous democrats watching this for national trends. >> we had a poll showing a five-point lead for brown this morning. halperin and heilmann coming on the show. their book, "game change," portraying elizabeth edwards in a negative light. how is she fighting back? >> it does portray her in negative life, that she is controlling. she is not talking directly, her friends said that the portrayal is pretty much accurate, but they asked the question, how would you behave if you found out that you had cancer and your husband was cheating on you? that that tends to send somebody into a spin, and the book does not reflect the things she did
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bring to the campaign, which is a lot of smarts, a lot of energy when the campaign desperately needed it. word is edwards is out of house, continuing to try to recover from cancer and trying to put this thing behind them. >> i have to agree with her response. >> i agree with her response completely. and i have to say also, people don't understand that this wasn't the case in my campaigns, but in other campaigns, the wife was the enforcer and had to be borderline psychotic, because you have all of the people around you who are leaching off of you and your family and they want to use you for their own political gain and a lot of times it is a strong wife that comes in, and she is hated by the staff members, because the staff members all have their own agenda, and the wife's only agenda is protecting her family, so, yes, you could write this about a lot of spouses, male or
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femam female, and it's staff members leaking these stories which happens all the time. >> if anyone were to run for public office today, after a book like this, would you ever trust a staff member again? >> it's a great conversation about the spouse vs. the staff, but i'm telling you it is incredibly stressful on a spouse to deal with someone high profile in washington, whether it's political or -- >> the bottom line, yes, i'm sure and seeing how everybody works with everybody, the bottom line is you treat them well. and you show them loyalty and hopefully they show this back. this may be less about elizabeth edwards and more about john edwards. he used to be a regular guy, used to be beloved, but he got
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arrogant after the first big applauses started rolling in. but a little less arrogance goes a long way. >> a tough portrayal of elizabeth, but in some ways even worse of john edwards in the book. jim vandehei, thank you. we'll check back with you later and the other guys with politico later in the show. starbucks is taking donations at the register. you don't have to buy anything and they have a new psa with wycleaf jean. >> i returned to my beloved country of haiti with a heavy heart. the suffering and devastation i have witnessed will be etched in my memory forever. a population on the razor edge of survival has sustained the
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medical side of thing. americans have pitched in in a big way. >> absolutely. and they need to continue to do more. coming up later, tom brock caw will be here, and chris matthews from massachusetts where he's participating in a town hall. and if you enjoy "the new york times" online, get ready to open your wallet. we'll have that story, right back. as small businesses are busy reinventing the economy,
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live shot of washington, d.c. sun is coming up. welcome back to "morning joe." just after 6:30 on the east coast. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the coordinated assaults on the afghan capital. president karzai says order has been restored to the streets after teams of militants attacked government buildings. at least five people were killed. the attacks came at the same time that karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. and president bill clinton heads to haiti. with more reports of scattered violence and looting, new troops on the way. an american health organization now estimates as many as 100,000 people were killed. "the new york times" is
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reportedly set to begin charging readers for access to its website. the newspaper is expected to announce in the coming weeks a metered pay plan, where viewers will have access to a number of free articles before being asked to subscribe. >> they got to do it. >> they got to do it, i understand this. >> if you do great work, don't give your writing away, don't give your features away, don't give journalism away. >> i hope it works. 77% would not be willing to pay to read content online. we shall see. let's go to willie to sports. >> i have to show you the back cover of "the new york post." rex ryan. the jets in fat city according to "the new york post." >> you know you are in a tough town when you have a cinderella
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story, and you still get made fun of. the jets one game away from the super bowl after shocking san diego. wilson, back of the end zone. 7-0 chargers. in the fourth quarter, jets hung around for a long time. took the lead. and mark sanchez to keller for a 2-yard touchdown. the jets did not look back. padding the lead a little bit. rookie running back shonn green going through the line. 53 yards for the score. 17-7, jets. chargers made it close. late in the game, 17-14 jets. jets recover the onside kick and would need the fourth down conversion, and they got it. rex ryan celebrates. >> i love that call. a lot of people would have
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punted. >> 17-14, the jets win the game. mark sanchez effective. not big numbers, but he got the job done. jets win the afc championship. and vikings and cowboys. brett favre put on a show. 47-yard touchdown pass. one-handed catch for the touchdown. and more rice in the fourth quarter. third score of the game for rice. brett favre, 45 yards. vikings win 34-3, blowing out the cowboys. favre's fourth touchdown. his fifth nfc championship game. after in the locker room he did something called pants on the ground big with "american idol." i don't know. maybe you'll recognize. >> pants on the ground, pants on the ground, pants on the ground, pants on the ground. let's go, take it down!
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whoo! we got two more, let's go! lights out, one, two, three! >> nobody at the table has any idea what's happening. here are the matchups, jets/colts in indy and vikings and saints, great game on sunday night. >> didn't bill karins say that pants on the ground was your motto in vegas? >> yeah. coming up, mark halperin and john heilemann, also mika's must-read opinion pages. and new poll numbers, president obama heads into his second year in office. you're watching "morning joe" brewed by starbucks. in these turbulent times, you want a financial partner who promptly gets you... the information you need. at northern trust, our sophisticated technology...
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a new book called "game
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change" about the 2008 presidential campaign is rocking with shocking revelations this one say dummy, this one likes the ladies and old guys sometimes say negro. >> it says a little more than that. with us now, mark halperin and john heilemann. they are the co-authors of "game change," obama, and the clintons, mccain and palin, and the race of a lifetime. this is turning out to be the book of the season really. >> political book of the year. you shocked a lot of people by having a book that came out so long after the 2008 election, but are you still making headlines. i want to talk about the criticism. a lot of bloggers and also some people in mainstream media, putting this down as a gossipy book. i read it again last night somewhere.
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frank rich called it a gossipy book. what makes this book a gossipy boo book? >> go ahead, dude. >> compared to other political books, you are taking on the things -- it's like the book "what it takes." it takes you behind the scenes and tells you what goes on. >> first of all, we left a lot out of the book that we confirmed at the same level of rock-solid sourcing, because we did think it was unnecessary. i think if people read the whole book, they'll see all of the things revealed show the high, human drama of the characters. it's not gratitous. >> a lot of people that are angry are people on the far left and people like frank rich. and obama gets off almost
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scot-free in the book. have you been in the middle of this. why the resentment from the left on this book? >> i just have no idea. i don't think obama gets off scot-free in the book and the portrait of obama is as accurate as the pore rate of the other people in the book and i think we reported all of this, and i can't understand the point of view that says how these characters behave in their lives, like what they go through as they live through a campaign, how that qualifies -- people who care about politics aren't interested in. >> the argument is that a person's character is irrelevant if they are in public office and that's stunning to me. i don't want to peak into their bedrooms and know what they are doing in there. that's their business, but how somebody treats somebody who works for them, how somebody takes victories if john edwards
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becomes arrogant, it seems we need to know that. >> we need to know it, and i'll give you one example of something that some people said was gossipy. history was changed because democratic leaders like harry reid and chuck schumer were worried about bill clinton's personal life exploding and hurting democrats. they encouraged barack obama to run for president. that helped get him in the race. so this is not something that is gossip that was gloating out there meaningless. this is integral to changing america. >> if that is the biggest problem with critics of this book, i can tell you everywhere i went from los angeles to new york, some of the most powerful thought leaders in the democratic party were talking about bill clinton's personal life. they were obsessed with it in the summer of 2007. i told them, being from the outside and not having a dog in
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the fight, i said are you sounding like republicans on the impeachment committee. it's important to draw that out, because that's what got people like harry reid behind barack obama. everyone is afraid of the three, four, five stories that are going to explode. we all heard it. one of the great disconnects and nobody want fed to talk about i. it was a story that was never told. >> boston, l.a., where democrats decide who am i going to write this $1,000 check out to. >> just to be clear, on the other side, in the mccain campaign, for instance. we try to take things that are politically relevant to campaigns and talk about them. it's crazy to write a history of the 2008 election and when all of the campaign staff comes and says to you, this was the thing we worried about more than anything else. we devised media plans to deal with this problem when it became
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public. >> the cindy mccain story. >> these were things if you talked to these people, they would say this was the single dark cloud that hovered over us for a year. we developed media plans to respond, we investigated it to find out if it was true. it seems crazy to write a book about the campaign, to think that this is the central thing they were worried about and not write about it. everyone from the top down was obsessed with the matters the whole time. >> and front page "the new york times" news that was uncorroborated and this went by with edwards for months and months and months and months. it is relevant in terms of judgment. it really is we have poll numbers that are gauging president obama as he begins his second yore in office and 53%
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approve of his job performance. 15 points lower than opening numbers. 53% are not confident in his ability to make the right decision. 41% say that he has kept most of his campaign promises. and 50% say he brought needed change to washington. 49% say he has not. >> you can look at all of the trend lines except african-american and the president's numbers are collapsing. however, if i'm president obama, let me think about this. i have 53% for me now. and the night in november 2008 when the changed the political world, i had 53% of americans for me. i'm not doing too bad, right? >> that's a very good observation. and when you look at poll numbers, they are all over the place and that 53% job approval rating is better than a lot of the polls that had him at or
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below 50%. you look at whether people like him personally, 58%. when you look at who the american people trust to get things done, they don't trust the republicans, they don't trust the democrats. >> and -- and let's underline that fact, jonathan. as badly as things are going for barack obama, there is not an opposition. the republican party has ceased to exist as a viable political party. these polls and every other poll shows they are nothing. nothing. if you look what happens in massachusetts, i think the biggest threat may be to the republican party that they actually see that as an endorsement of nothingness. >> and then have you michael steele out there, supposed to be the leader of the republican party, supposed to chart the new
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future for the republican party. what's he doing? latching on to the tea party movement. and that's not the way to go. >> you look what's going on in massachusetts. these are disaffected democrats getting on board scott brown's campaign. it seems to be an overreach by obama. but, again, it has little to do with the republicans. >> it does. but if they are able to win the race, they will be a template for other republicans, coming up in november. they may be able to win more than i thought they could by standing for nothing. >> and the nothingness comes from republicans in washington, d.c. like chris christie in new jersey did, ran a practical campaign. and bob mcdonald, ran a great campaign, so outside of washington, d.c.'s power structure, republicans may know what they are doing. inside washington, dear god.
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>> the rest of the year, obama has to energize his base and appeal to independents. >> independents are leaving him because they think washington is getting too big. the poll numbers show that, and you have lieft of center people hammering him, saying give us more. more spending, more taxing, more washington. and that is killing them this massachusetts and across america. >> absolutely. and much more on that, coming up. late developments on the conan o'brien/nbc feud. and the big winners from last night's golden globe awards. keep it on "morning joe," brewed by starbucks. [ female announcer ] the only thing better than seafood
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o'brien/nbc story, probably the best sources. he says a deal has been reached between nbc and conan o'brien with a payment of about $40 million by nbc. not all of that going to conan himself. but to pay off the contract of other people that work on the show. >> oh, my god. to leave? paid to leave? >> according to bill carter's reporti reporting, it will allow him to work on tv by september at the latest. one of his big concerns is taking care of his staff. and that's apparently one of the sticking points of the deal. and "usa today" reporting friday could be his last day. conan o'brien this past friday night, continuing his all-out assault on nbc. >> welcome to tonight's show. by the time you see this i'll be
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halfway to rio in a stolen nbc traffic couldn'ter. nbc, calling me every name in the book. yeah, yeah. in fact, they think i'm such an idiot, they now want me to run the network. just coming to work in the morning now has gotten really uncomfortable. yeah, take a look. >> wow, this is out of hand. carrying a gun to work. this has got to stop, got to stop. "saturday night live, " of course, taking their crack at the ongoing deal here between leno and conan. and they even mixed in a little larry king. >> the show is number one, we love you, now leave. because we want to replace with you conan o'brien, and you said fantastic. >> i don't know if i said that, larry. nbc and i agreed on a new deal.
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but nbc, you know what that stands for? nothing but catastrophe. >> conan, don't worry. you're young and talented, and it's like you gto leave. it's like being rescued from the "titanic." i can relate, because i was rescued from the actual "tita c "titanic." >> and mike tyson on stage on the golden globes. there he is up on stage for "the hangover." best comedy. >> pretty funny. >> drudgetown. bradley, graham. >> cooper. >> bradley cooper, we love him. good friend of "morning joe." still ahead, tom brokaw and
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live. >> wow, look at that. beautiful shot of new york city. >> um-hum. >> a lot it tato talk about tod. breaking news out of afghanistan, and the tragedy in haiti continues. a tragic situation that borders on chaotic.
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obviously, we'll be following that story very closely. also, massachusetts. that campaign, fascinating campaign, coming to an end. we'll talk to mike barnicle who wrote about that campaign. also, bob shrum with us as well. great to see you. can't wait to talk to you. >> great to be here. >> he's author of the book "no excuses, confessions of a serial campaigner." first, a look at today's top stories. we'll start in afghanistan. president hamid karzai says the capital is back under government control after a deadly, coordinated attack by the taliban. loud explosions at the bank, hotel and top ministry buildings came under siege. chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski is reporting from
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cab uhl th kabul and brings us the latest. >> reporter: u.s. military officials says this is about as sophisticated and well coordinated attack from the taliban they have seen in some time. 20 militants, some driving suicide car bombs and others wear suicide vests launched the attacks near the afghan presidential palace. a fierce fire fight raged on for three to four hours between afghan security forces and the taliban fighters as many took up sniper positions from the upper floor of a nearby marketplace which eventually erupted in flames. many were said to be wearing afghan military uniforms and one was said to have driven a military ambulance before blowing himself and the ambulance up. and fortunate there, is a low death toll, but with many
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wounded that death toll is expected to rise. this occurred within earshot as president hamid karzai was swearing in members of his new cabinet. the central city remains under total lockdown and western intelligence officials are telling us there may still be more taliban suicide bombers on the loose inside kabul tonight. joe and mika, back to you. >> jim miklaszewski reporting. a new week begins in haiti with many problems the way the last one ended many in need of food and water. and tons of supplies are building up at the airport, new flareups of violence means fewer can venture into the streets. bill clinton, special u.n. envoy to haiti, heading there today to assess the situation. kerry sanders has been reporting on the crisis for nearly a week
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and joins us with new developments. kerry. >> reporter: this is day six in haiti after the earthquake and amid the devastation, there is more continued good news. search teams are finding more people alive in the rubble. overnight, two people were found at the caribbean supermarket. a man and a woman in the 30s and 40s. the teen working in there had a lot of problems getting to them, because the building was beginning shift. every time they had to chip away some of the concrete, it began to fall down a little bit. a lot of tense moments for the team. the south necessity you are ran search and rescue task force working with the team from turkey. successful. one amazing moment when they brought the man out with a smile on his face. of course, who wouldn't smile? another moment of good news. a team from miami, the
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miami/dade search and rescue team, at a home where a 2-year-old little girl had been buried. the team went in, u.s. representative kendrick meek there with the team. got his camera out and shot it on his iphone and sent it in. look at this. no father could be happier to see his child still alive. there are going to be a lot of efforts today to get more food and water to those who need it. there are more than 600,000 humantarian daily rations on the ground here. but, of course, this is a city of about 3 million people affected by this -- by this earthquake, so it is going to take some time to get the full system in place, but it clearly appears that the slow going at the front end of getting food and water to the people it appears that is no longer the case. kerry sanders, nbc news, port-au-prince, haiti. now to massachusetts.
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voters head to polls tomorrow in a u.s. senate race that has huge national implications. just about a month ago, democratic martha coakley was considered a virtual shoo-in, but republican scott brown shown in polls pulling ahead. the race threatens president obama's top domestic priority. with that, the president headed to massachusetts to try and jump start his base and salvage the democrats' 60th vote. >> if you were fired up in the last election, i need you more fired up in this election. i need you working just as hard right now in the final days. i need you knocking on doors. making phone calls, i need you talking to your friends and your neighbors and telling them what's at stake on tuesday. that every vote matters, that every voice matters. >> all right. mike barnicle, you wrote an article for "time" magazine and
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described going around and seeing people you have known for some time, democratic loyalists. one woman, you said she was baptized a democrat, precinct captain for kevin white, but now has a big sign in the window for scott brown, the republican, and let's read another excerpts from mike barnicle's "time" magazine article. >> even with a kennedy endorsement. >> with a kennedy endorsement, with full support of organized
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labor, with a 30-point lead a month ago. and now it's all gone. >> bob shrum? >> she took it for granted. won the primary, went to sleep, turned out to be a not special candidate in a special election. scott brown is appealing to the pop list anger. he gets a chance to recover some of the t.a.r.p. bailout money from the banks and instead comes out and opposes it. i'm worried voters aren't focused on the reality of this. they are focused on the whole sense of image and it's helped him tremendously. >> go ahead, mike. i'm sorry. >> i tell you what's helped him i think more than anything and it still to this day, the cob fusion in voter's minds on what is entailed in this health care plan and its costs. you hear repeatedly over and over how much is it grg to cost?
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>> the health care bill is unpopular in massachusetts, and yet the argument is elect her, from barack obama, elect martha coakley so she can help us pass the health care bill. if she doesn't get elected it may die. that's what a lot of people want. >> there is tremendous confusion about a lot of cognative diso nance. scott brown is for health care change, but he wants to go back and start over. martha coakley is a complacent and not very good candidate. >> let me define not very good candidate in massachusetts. >> are you going to give her a
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schilling, aren't you? >> you can read my mind. let's run it. >> okay. just proves. >> don't say the first thing that pops into your head. >> that's the reaction that most people have. just the reaction, oh, my god. >> people outside of boston, red sox nation, do not understand. i'm dead serious about this. what 2004 meant in the lives of millions in boston and massachusetts and across new england, and she just -- she just pulled out the star of that -- one two of the or three stars, with the most iconic movement, the bloody sock.
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the definition of political tone deafness. >> if she gets to the senate, she's not going to be a sportscaster. >> oh, come on. save that, shrumy for somebody who cares. >> the president -- >> i want to stop. hold on. >> a filibuster -- >> no. stop, stop, stop. this really gets to something deeper. and i can -- >> or something more superficial. >> no, i can smell the angry left wingers sending me e-mails right now. without even looking at that. but it gets to -- and we talked about this before. it gets to be connecting to your community. it's not about baseball obviously. but about people in boston and across massachusetts and being one of them. let's face it. our good friend harold ford jr. got in trouble because "the new york times" art suggeicle sugge that my 6-year-old daughter has
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been to more borroughs that harold ford, jr. >> i don't think several million people should be out of work or 35 million be without health care because martha coakley is not connected enough to know that curt schilling is a member of the red sox. >> you think she's a bad candidate? >> no. she's a bad politician. it's hard to argue with that at this point. i think she could be a good senator. i think she is a vote critical to passing stuff that matters to the lives of people. >> the democratic argument for the past year has been, when they say barack obama has never r run anything, they say he ran a great campaign. that's all that matters. he ran a great campaign. and i find that the past is prologue. if somebody acts like they don't
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give a damn, it never gets better after they get elected. they get more arrogant and detached and out of trouch if are you detached and arrogant on the campaign trail, what happens when everybody starts calling you senator? >> she is not an arrogant person, but the campaign has been arrogant. but back to what bob said about health care, they have failed to make the connection. there is still enormous confusion about it, concern about its cost and when you talk to people about their concerns, what about the idea that preexisting conditions for children immediately would take effect. they say, oh, i didn't know that. and the democrats' failure to hone in on a couple of key elements, they are going to pay a price for that. >> and, joe, what do you make of the president making the
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decision to come to massachusetts and campaign for her yesterday, given the fact this it didn't go so well. >> he had 5,000 people there, and it did look a lot like the correspo corzine crowd. but the president's message is off, if he is saying if brown wins, health care will die. what the president doesn't understand is whether for the right or wrong reason, a hell of a lot of people who are most motivated on tuesday, want a stake driven through health care reform. >> i think there is confusion about it. >> wait, wait, wait. >> eric cantor pulled back -- >> hold on. just stop. just stop. >> you're a fellow republican. >> eric cantor is not my friend.
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i am trying to figure out why the hell i would be a republican. i'm dead serious. >> your nonfriend eric cantor retracted that republicans were going to campaign to reveal health care. prohibitions for denying preexisting conditions goes into effect. >> i don't know -- >> i think he's pretty independent. >> he would be beating martha coakley by 30 points if he were on the ballot. >> let me state too, bob, a lot of confusion about health care. but and you i both know this, on election day, people are like, i'm not sure what's in the health care bill. do i like it, do i not like it? those people stay home. the ones drooling saying they want to come to my house and eat my babies and socialize this --
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>> are you worse than sarah palin. >> the people that are whipped into a frenzy about the health care bill and think it's the end of the world, those people will crawl over glass with glenn beck baseball caps on to vote in the race. i'm not saying they are the tea partiers. >> no, you're right. they are going to vote. >> and i hope every democrat goes and votes tomorrow. the president 'approval rating is 70%. democrats need to go out and vote for martha coakley. >> what the heck is going on? >> by the way, mika, i heard a lot of wows when i was making the point that if you are confused by health care reform, you're probably going to stay home. if you believe what you hear on talk radio, and on certain
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channels, you will get out and vote, and in these off-year elections, special elections after a three-day weekend, it's all about the people most charged to get out and vote. do you agree? >> a not very special candidate in a special election. but please vote. coming up next, savannah guthrie with a look at the daily rundown and tom brokaw and chris matthews will be with us. airports, no problems. what was rain is now snow at boston in logan. and the storm has 6 inches of snow. forecast from d.c. up north to new york, just 5. the west coast, the worst weather for the entire week if are you traveling out there, you
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president bush, what did you learn in your government's response to the new hampshirtsu katrina? >> first of all it takes time to get supplies in place. but there is an expectation among people that things will happen quickly and sometimes it's hard to make things happen quickly. >> with us now, cohost of "the daily rundown" savannah guthrie. the political world focused on what's happening in massachusetts. obviously, the white house and so many other people very concerned about the unfolding tragedy in haiti. but in the political world, because so much rides on who wins tomorrow, the focus is massachusetts. what is the white house saying
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this morning after the president's beach speech up the? >> they are hoping against home that coakley can pull it out and won't have to go to the contingency plans on how to get health care done. there is a lot of talk about the house simply passing the senate bill, but that is a very heavy lift, and folks here are hoping they won't have to there. they are just in despair about what happens in massachusetts, they find themselves very close to health care reform and very close to losing it. it's sort of a near-death experience. >> and national public radio, npr, posted a story, saying democrats on capitol hill, and i'm using npr's words here, are "panicked" over the prospects of having to do that. talk about the "panic" setting in among a lot of democrats
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fighting a long time to pass health care reform, and the irony and seeing that setback again of losing ted kennedy's seat, of all seats. >> panic is a good word, because they can see health care slipping away. on the record, they try to put a go ahead face on it, and think we really think coakley will win. privately, they are extremely concerned. there is no easy road. no easy fix, to getting health care gun in the event that scott brown wins. they could try to get it done fast. it has been a hard thing to do. that's one option. the other option is the one i talked about, just trying to get the house to swallow that bitter pill and pass a senate bill unchanged. let's face it. the house doesn't like it very much. they probably wouldn't be happy about the concessions they would get in the best scenario. that is a hard road.
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some people are talking about using the reckon silliation rules. that's not a good option either. the procedural requirements would make them have to scale down what health care reform is. >> the irony of possibly losing health care reform over losing -- i'm sorry, conservatives, republicans, teddy kennedy's seat. every time i go teddy kennedy's seat, they say it's not kennedy's seat, it's massachusetts's seat. >> i think this will be a disaster for the democrats substantively and symbolically. but i think they may get health care more easily than if they win. the only way to do this is to get the house to swallow hard and promise they will fix things in other legislation. if she wins and they hold the seat, they have to come up with a deal and have to have two votes, the house and senate, go through the torture of joe
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leeberman and ben nelson deciding if they can deal with the compromised bill. they would lose conservative democrats and liberal democrats. this way, they go to the house and say this is it, guys. you can pass the senate bill, get it done quick and move on to jobs, jobs, jobs, or let it fail, and we will have waste the a year. do it. i think they will. >> it would by heartbreaking, would it not, for you personally if this seat went republican? >> sure. but, listen when someone says it's the people's seat, the first person to agree with that would have been teddy who worked very hard for people, fought very hard for people for 50 years. >> he worked very hard to get elected too. he never took a vote for granted. >> that's for sure. in fact, you would go down the street for him, and he would see
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a bumper sticker on a car, and he would say slow down, i want to wave to people, i want to say hi. this is not about a posthumous on kennedy. republicans will sit there and say we don't want to pass this. >> john, in the end, though, it is still such a democratic state. do you suspect in the end that coakley squeaks it out? >> i have no idea. i think it's going to be so close, it would be crazy to predict. even if she debts elegets elects a canary in the coal mine for what they are facing in the fall. democrats went into denial and said this has nothing to do with the white house, nothing to do
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with democratic agenda all local issues. this race shows that's just not true. it's just not the case and obama didn't want to go up there, he's begun up there, put a lot on the line. if she loses, i think that's -- the description you talk about on npr, the panic. whatever panic they have will be total louout the party. it will tell people about the upcoming race in november will be a complete wipeout for the democratic party. >> savannah, thank you very much. we'll be watching, along with chuck todd on "the daily rundown." >> savannah, at 9:00, not at 9:04. i apologize that mika tosses it to you so late. >> i'm such a blabber mouth. i tend to go on and on and on. up next, chris matthews.
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what he's doing in houston in morning and we have the president of the national urban league, mark morial, keep it here on "morning joe." it's not fun. it's not pretty.
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taliban is claiming responsibility for today's coordinated assaults on the afghan capital. president karzai says order has been restored to streets this morning after teams of militants attacked government buildings. at least five people were killed. the attacks came at the same time that karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. former president bill clinton heads to haiti to assess the damage nearly one week after the country was devastated by an earthquake. with more reports of looting and scattered violence, a new wave of u.s. troops being deployed to help provide security for emergency workers. there are now estimates that as many as 100,000 people were killed. and the underdog new york jets heading to the afc title game after stunning the san diego chargers. >> unbelievable story. >> they face a division rematch with the indianapolis colts.
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and brett favre connected for four touchdowns to power the vikings to a 34-4 win over the cowboys. they will play the saints next sunday in the super dome. >> do you think that some people in green bay may wish they had not kicked him out of town? >> oh, absolutely. i'm wondering how long the general manager in green bay will be able to remain silent about this. have you a 47-year-old quarterback going up against br drew brees. >> he was treated like crap when he wanted to return home. but, mr. mayor, from pensacola, florida, the saints are our team. for years they were the ain'ts. >> i remember the bags. >> the amazing part. >> great for the city, great for the nation. all the way to miami.
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sometimes i get a little frustrated when folks just don't want to see that even if we don't get everything, we're getting something. you know -- king understood that the desegregation of the armed forces didn't end the civil rights movement. let's take a victory and then keep on marching. forward steps, large and small, were recognized for what they were. which was progress. >> welcome back to "morning joe" on martin luther king day.
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with us now, the host of msnbc's "hardball." live from texas southern university in houston, where he'll be hosting tonight's live town hall event. obama's america, 2010 and beyond. looking at the questions with that also with us in the studio, marc morial, president and ceo of the national urban league and former mayor of new orleans. chris, let's start, though, with the big political story of the day, week, of the year potentially, and that's in massachusetts. what's your take on what's going to go down there? >> i just talked to the polls r pollster, and he said the bellwether areas were double-digits for brown it looks like brown. a lot of snow up in massachusetts right now. but if bellwethers are double digits for brown, that means -- >> what does that mean, when
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you're talking about bellwether? you talked to them last night. what do you mean by the bellwethers? >> i talked to them a minute ago. he was out polling late last night. you look at the communities that basically are little massachusetts, little mini massachusettses, and then you go by that as an example of what's going on state wide. of course, this is all state of the art. this is what you try to do in any polling situation, and, of course, with a special election, you're never sure who is going to actually vote. but based on the usually te techniques it looks like brown. >> this could be one of those races if the pollster is right, where you have momentum going in one direction and no president, no politician, no ad campaign can stop it. is that what you sense? >> it looks to me -- and i go by a simple rule.
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you look at thursday before an election and project from there. people know what they are voting for. they are voting against the health care bill. they are not voting against the president. it stunned me in "the new york times," even among those who are in favor of the president, they are voting against coakley. she is certainly not a good campaigner. this goes back to the ed king democrats. the kennedys, jack kennedy brought back in to basically support scott brown as an iconic figure, a tax cutter. it's so interesting, the cross winds in this election, very interesting. >> very fascinating. mike barnicle, does that surprise you? >> no. there are three keys to understanding this special election in massachusetts. route 2 heads west out of boston. route 9 heads toward worcester, route 16 heads southwest out of boston into towns like
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attleboro. human bro huge brown territory. having less to do in that he's a republican and more that he's against the existing establishment. >> chris matthews, what's so fascinating here, and, again, i'll get hammered by republicans, but this is a reality. i think look at these great dangers of this race. it will be an earthquake. but what's happening here is scott brown is winning not because of washington republicans, but in spite of washington republicans. >> yeah, who by the way -- >> the establishment in d.c. is not relevant to the republican party and yet he's still winning. >> exactly. and the fact he's campaigned in the last few hours without republicans around him. there aren't many up here in massachusetts anyway. but it's interesting that nobody
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know who's john boehner is, nobody knows who mitch mcconnell is. they are mr. peepers types, milquetoast guys. but that doesn't seem to hurt republicans. if you are a massachusetts voter, and mike knows this, and you say you're independent, that means you're not a democrat. that's a statement in itself. you don't want to be seen as a democrat. why not? that's the key question. why not? you don't want taxes, you don't want big government. you love kennedy, jack especially. romantic about politics. but this election is interesting. religion seems to play no role in this election which is unique in massachusetts. brown is a the pprotestant, and coakley is a catholic, but she
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doesn't square that way in terms of politics. it goes back to being anti-elite, and ed king democrat. the fact that she didn't know that schilling was a red sox? i don't get it. how do these people get so far? >> let's bring in marc morial in here. >> how do you not know the basics? i mean, how do you make statements like you shouldn't work in an emergency room if you have a conscience? how do you make statements like that? >> and she said if you're a devout catholic that's pro-life, she says you shouldn't work in emergency rooms. >> all politics is local and what you see happening is a race that turns on sometimes the personality on the candidate, the timing of the election, and
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taking police in te ing place i january while there's debate going on on a big piece of legislation. it is a reflection that all politics is still local and it turns on those sorts of things. it's important as people prognosticate about elections that we understand that the election is tomorrow. and that the polls are -- as they are many times accurate. >> let's remember, new hampshire, barack obama by 10 or 11 percentage points on the day of the election and he lost. >> it's very important. i always question the wisdom, timing, of special elections, which tend to get a lower vote every turnout, driven by "who can get their voters to the polls." i don't think it's in the best interest. >> chris matthews, and you'll know this as well. if i were setting up as a
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democrat a worst time to have a special election, i would be hard pressed to fund a tuesday in january in an offyear-year election. after a three-day weekend. we saw this in 2009 elections. voters are old ee eer and white this will play in favor of republicans. >> if brown wins it will really be the death nail for health care, aaccording to the current scenario. you may come up another way of doing it. but you have the stupak problem, i don't know how you do that. if you are a senior citizen and you have federally sponsored health care, you don't need this bill if you're about to be a
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senior citizen, you don't need it. if you're working and have health care, you don't need it. in massachusetts, they have a health care plan, so if you vote for coakley, you're voting for a national health care plan on top of all of that, which you have to pay for. so you're going to subsidize something for somebody else. there is nobody. because even the poor people in massachusetts or the working poor, they are getting health through the state. nobody benefits by voting the democratic line this time. a perfect storm for disaster, and you throw in the fact that who wants to say yes, keep it going, to the way things are going right now? who wants to say great work, establishment. i love the government and the people running it? who is going to say that? >> the argument about health care has become cloudy. how do people who have insurance today benefit? i can tell you that premiums have dramatically increased.
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our own organization where we provide health care, we've seen almost a doubling in premiums in the last decade alone. so that's where the argument has become cloudy, and the voters and the people who have insurance don't quite clearly at this point i think see how it benefits them. one of the things that persuaded me to support it is the fact that there needs to be pressure downward on insurance premiums who have insurance today, and that's a very important part of it. not only covering those who uncovered. >> chris, tell us about -- >> mr. mayor, he hasn't sold it that away just to make the point. he hasn't sold it that away it's not seen as a reform bill, it's seen as big government bill. tonight, we're going to try to talk about something really big. we're here at southern university in houston, texas. we'll be here with tom joiner, the talk show host.
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a largely african-american crowd. we'll talk about a year after obama was elected, about the promise. and we'll talk about that with a very excited crowd. it will be on msnbc for two hours. >> can't wait. >> we'll be watching. thank you very much. marc morial, thank you very much as well. >> mr. mayor. go saints. >> go saints, all the way. >> until they play the jets. go ahead. >> let me tell you something, i'm a jets and giants fan until they play the brokaw in a few but first, we'll have the feud between conan and nbc in the cooler. please help me welcome a long-time friend of glencoe baseball.
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i just like maybe, kick back -- >> just take a breather. >> awkward things like what's going on here at nbc. >> i guess i'll be the one to talk about this. >> please, take that. >> conan o'brien versus nbc. we're now in a week two, i think it's fair to say. bill carter, "the new york times" media reporter reports this morning that conan o'brien and nbc have reached an agreement. although it's not yet been signed, that would allow conan out of his contract, free to do whatever he wants. go work on another network.
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carter reports the deal includes a payment of about $40 million from nbc. not all of that going directly to conan, but also to settle the contracts of some of his producers. so, this has not been signed yet. i know conan wants to make sure that his staff that he moved out from l.a. to new york is taken care of as well. keep you posted on that. interesting to point out, conan's ratings friday night were up 50%, 5-0. 50% from where they usually are. so helping conan, but only for another week or so. conan on friday night going after nbc again. >> welcome to "the tonight show." by the time you'll see this, i'll be halfway to rio in a stolen nbc traffic copter. nbc has been calling me every name in the book. yeah. yeah. in fact, they think i'm such an idiot, they now want me to run the network. just coming to work in the morning now has gotten really
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uncomfortable. yeah, take a look. >> apparently he was ready for it. he had the pistol in his pants. he was well prepared. the conan feud with nbc was some good fodder for "saturday night live" a couple nights ago. here's fake conan, fake leno, with fake larry king. >> the show's number one, we love you, now leave. because we want to replace you with conan o'brien and you said, fantastic. >> well, i don't know if i said that, larry. you see, nbc and i agreed on a new deal, all right. but you know what nbc stands for, nothing but catastrophe. >> conan, don't worry, you're young and talented and you get to leave nbc. it's like you were rescued from the "titanic." and i can relate, because i was rescued from the actual "titanic." >> didn't know he was that old.
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1912. that's unbelievable. actually, our lead story, i don't know why we buried this. there's a new website, remember the site, vivachucktodd. amazing website. dedicated to the life and times. now defunct. the good people who brought us that are now back with a new website. let's go to it if we can. vivajonathanca vivajonathancapehart. you can read about jonathan, buy merchandise, t-shirts and mugs. >> what does that mean? >> amazing. >> i want the t-shirt! >> mr. capehart, you have arrived, my friend. >> i've got my own apron! >> what a fine tribute. we want to point out one other thing as we go to break here. starbucks teaming up with the red cross. you can go into any starbucks this morning or over the next
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live shot of the sun up over washington, d.c., this morning. good morning, everyone. top of the hour. welcome back to "morning joe." now we move to new york city. beautiful shot there. a lot going on on this martin luther king day. we've got the situation unfolding still in haiti. we've got a major, major race to discuss in massachusetts, the special election there that could have huge implications on the democratic party as well as the president's agenda. >> mika, there's no doubt about
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it, the boston race, the massachusetts race right now is quite possibly going to be one of the great victories for the republicans, at least since 2004, if things continue to play itself out. chris matthews, of course, talking to the lead pollster at suffolk who said, last night, in all the bellwether areas, right now they are double digit for brown. the momentum's going his way. and it reminds me an awful lot of the momentum that was going barack obama's way the night before the new hampshire primary. and of course, we know the great victory that he rolled through that night. >> well, there's so many amazing dynamics to this -- >> oh, wait a second. >> oh, wait a second. >> tom brokaw's with us. and hillary ended up winning that. >> what was overlooked was the gender vote in new hampshire. a lot of women turned out for hillary clinton at that time.
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and you have to remember that barack obama in the primaries did not win the bases, didn't win massachusetts. hillary won that state. so the depth of his appeal. but this is what makes politics great. is this the beginning of 1994? you know, we can talk about it all we want, we'll know a lot better on wednesday morning, joe. i like to count the votes and see who won. >> it's still unbelievable, though, you've got the presidents and everybody else, with the candidates propping up this candidate. and this guy, scott brown, standing alone. i mean, just -- >> tell us about that, mike barnicle. because we're talking about coakley's failing. for you to get within striking distance of this -- an upset of this magnitude, you need a candidate making all the mistakes coakley's making. but this guy's obviously doing something right. who is he, what's he doing right? why are democrats that you've known your entire life that have worked with democratic mayors suddenly supporting this republican? >> one of the key things is the phrase you just used, mika,
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standing alone. he's not propped up by a president, by former governors, by any members of the kennedy family. he's out there, by himself. he's a very engaging guy. he's very friendly. he has sought to do something that martha coakley has refused to do. and that's actually stand and greet and meet people and knock on doors and shake their hands. he's also the beneficiary of a huge amount of resentment towards any existing order in any party. he comes from a state where the legislature is 90% democratic. where people are fed up with rising tax rates, where they're fed up with things like police details or construction sites. >> they're fed up with the democratic governor, deval patrick, a guy we like, but whose numbers are in short. >> in short, joe, he's given everybody a chance to scratch a sore. tomorrow's a chance to scratch a sore. that's what that vote is. >> joining the conversation, along with tom brokaw, who, by the way, has a documentary,
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"american character along highway 50" premiering tonight at 8:00 eastern time on usa, we'll get to that a little later. also with us, mark morial, president and ceo of the national urban league. so we can look at this from every angle, as well as martin luther k. day of service. >> and he is, of course, the president of the national urban league. but this morning, you're more important tie -- saints! >> even joe's a saint's fan. we had pensacola in our region. >> tom vincent, owner of the saints. what about the jets? >> who would have been believed, when they were saying we're going to be able to pull this off, they were able to go in there and beat the bolts the way they did. two rookies, a rookie coach and a rookie running back coming out of nowhere and a very tenacious defense. on the other hand, i'm conflicted, because drew breeze in 2001 played in the rose bowl
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when i was a rose parade grand marshal, got to know him well. he was in new orleans recently for the world war ii museum, he's a trustee there. >> and he goes to the meetings. >> right. he goes to the meetings. and he called and said, i want to be at the dinner that night. and thursday night he plays up with two autographed footballs, one for tom hanks, one for me. he goes down the aisle and throws them and thank god we both caught them. he's terrific. >> when we went downs to new orleans, we went up to the saint's training camp. we were talking about rebuild the school along with starbucks. and he walked over, saw what we were doing and went up to you guys and said, how can i help. that's a pretty remarkable young man. >> and willingly, allowed himself to be interviewed by willie and myself. >> the patience of joe. >> can we focus, mr. brokaw?
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>> pardon me? >> can we focus now? >> yes, we can focus now. >> when ryan made the fourth down -- >> he's talking in your ear. >> i was on jetblue coming back from florida and it was on. it was like being in a sports bar at 38,000 feet. everybody was watching it on the seat in front of him. >> and he ran it up the middle, instead of kicking a field goal. that was a gutsy move. >> yeah, it was. >> very clever. >> this is a scrappy team. and it's just like, you know, cle college football at the end of the season. you've got 40-year-old brett out this. you know, he's absolutely electrifying. the older generation in especially that part of the world. i know people in that part of
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the world didn't carry about the vikings before. they're buying all of his jerseys. he has transformed that part of the world. and here he is doing it for their old archrival. he went from the packers to the vikings. you can't make that stuff up. >> we've been talking about the massachusetts senate race. scott brown looks as if he's having fun out there campaigning. brett favre always looks as if he's having fun playing football. >> are you saying martha coakley's a tony romo? >> i think she may be. >> makes fumbles every time. >> hey, guys, just put your money on the saints. >> okay, let's focus. time now for a look at today's top stories. we'll start with what's going on, unfolding in afghanistan overnight. afghan president hamid karzai says the country's capital is back under government control, after a deadly coordinated attack by the taliban earlier this morning. loud explosions were heard in the heart of the city as a bank, hotel, cinema, and top ministry buildings came under siege. as many as 20 gunman stormed
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several targets with automatic weapons and suicide bombs. one of those explosions ripped through the streets near the presidential palace. at least five are reported dead. emergency aid continues to flow deeper into the hatian capital this morning, but rising desperation on the streets threatens to slow its distribution. more u.s. troops are being deployed to the country to help provide security for aid workers. former president bill clinton, a special u.n. envoy to haiti, is heading there today to assess the situation. it comes as the european union pledges at least $575 million for disaster relief. and as we've been talking about, voters head to the polls in massachusetts tomorrow in a u.s. senate race that has captured the nation's attention. just about a month ago, democrat martha coakley was considered a virtual shoo-in, but now recent polling shows republican scott brown pulling ahead, with brown opposing the health care overall. the race now threatens president obama's top domestic priority.
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faced with that reality, the president headed to massachusetts yesterday to try and jump-start his base and salvage the democrats' 60th vote. >> if you were fired up in the last election, i need you more fired up in this election. i need you out there working just as hard right now in those final days. i need you knocking on doors. i need you making phone calls. i need you talking to your friends and your neighbors and telling them what's at stake on tuesday. that every vote matters. that every voice matters! >> all right. let's talk now about what is at stake on tuesday? i mean, the president went there, putting himself out there. how bad is it if she loses this? >> well, the agenda's at stake, much like ronald reagan's in 1982. tom, you brought up in 1994 and there certainly are a lot of parallels, but in 1994, bill clinton, americans were deeply
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ambivalent about bill clinton. if you look at poll numbers, americans still like barack obama. you remember 1982, he just got it handed to him in '82 in the off year elections -- >> you know why? >> because the economy was bad, just like it is now. >> i've been carrying around, i don't have it with me now, but most of the states in the country were in double digit unemployment in 1982 and into 1983. there were people writing about ronald reagan, one-term president of the united states. i think it's a little bit of apples and oranges. i think what's going on politically in this country now is that beginning with the election of 2000, when we had to have it settled by the supreme court, one man wins the popular vote, loses the electoral vote. then 9/11 comes along. every six months or so, there has been something that has defied convention and expectations in this country. people don't know what to believe in anymore. and they just don't believe
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anyone anymore when they're told, this is going to be okay. they have more questions than they have answers. and there is that huge bloc of voters out there, we've got the republicans and the democrats contracting and the independents growing. and they've got what i call roaming rights. they'll roam across the bow and they'll settle on the candidate that they think will take care of some of their frustrations now. you're probably seeing that. >> and independents are moving from party to party more quickly than ever before. >> well, in the national urban league, we've done some polling. i think tom is right. the public is not confident about the future, they're ambivalent about the present, they've seen a decade with katrina, 9/11, two wars, a recession, a subprime crisis, a whole host of things that have defied conventional wisdom. and i think that means you've got what i would call a volatile, unpredictable
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situation. people are operating off a day-to-day gut in terms of what they think. and are looking for some light, some hope, whatever we've been through in this country, we can get beyond. they're looking for a sense of something to be optimistic about about a the future. >> i want and to follow up on what tom said, mike barnicle. look at the last decade. people tried to figure out, tried to define what's happened over the past ten years. but look at the 2000 election. the divisions that that caused. the failings of our intel to figure out that 9/11 was coming. the failings leading into the iraq war, whether saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. in 2005, a couple of years later, you have hurricane katrina. it seems one thing after another. then, of course, the stock market collapses because of what wall street and washington did or didn't do. and then barack obama came in, promising to bring everybody
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together. it doesn't really matter, for a lot of independents out there, why he hasn't been able to bring washington together. it's one more example of a dysfunctional government. >> you know, joe, a decade, terms of the way we pressure history is a snap of a figure. and a decade ago, nobody was contacting each other on facebook, you know. we weren't text messaging. that's just a decade ago. but the biggest thing that's going on in this country, all of which's going on, a decade ago, most people, especially between the ages of 40 or 55 and 60 were secure in the fact that they would always have the job they held right then, they would always have their health care plan that came with their job. that's gone. that's gone. we're looking, even in massachusetts, as i say is relatively better off, it's 9% unemployment when the actual real unemployment figure is probably about 14% or 15%, people who have given up looking for jobs and are never coming back again. that's a "c" change in terms of
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family life. >> there's something called the tertiary level, down in the ground, which people are trying to cope with some very difficult decisions and what they've learned in the last couple of years, they better solve these problems for themselves, because they're not getting the help from the top that they keep getting promised. the huge investment politically that the president has made in the health care bill and the democrats have made, i defy you to go around the country and ask someone, what's in it? >> they just don't know. >> they don't know. >> they don't know. >> and one of the very senior leaders of the democratic party on the house side said to me he spent christmas trying to explain to his own family what was in the bill and how it was not going to take away the benefits that his sister-in-law had. and he wasn't absolutely confident that he was successful. >> it's also the old political edict, when people are not hopeful, it's easy to kick a barn down. so it's not as difficult to defeat major initiatives as it
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is to pass major initiatives. >> ask george bush that on social security. >> that's the case, especially when people are predisposed to be distrustful of either big government or big business. but speaking about hope, we're celebrating today the 81st birthday of dr. martin luther king, a man who really gave us something to hope for. a better nation and a better america and work towards that. and today's a day when americans all over are going to be joining in, doing projects of service. was a national day of service. the martin luther king birthday is about celebrating what he represents, but i think it's also evolved where people want to do something affirmative. and do something affirmative consistent with his life and his work and his mission. >> you know, congressman, i've thought a lot about dr. king. i covered him in the 1960s, i've written about his time and about
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the movement, and i think that we're all privileged to have lived during his time, because there are few figures in american life that were so transformative, to use another $10 word. when you look back on where we were in the 1960s, the early part of the 1970s, compared to where we are now with race. it's still an unresolved issue in america. not just an african-american president, but african-american ceos and presidents of ivy league universities. >> coaches of football teams. >> coaches of football teams. and commercials now for tray on a regular basis, middle class families. and i think the secret to his success was pretty fundamental. he believed passionately and philosophically in nonviolence. i always thought that that was the key. no matter how much they tried to do great violence to his movement, he would step up bloodied but unbowed in his commitment to the idea that we're going to move forward
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together nonviolently and use the rule of law, the fundamental tenants of american life to get what we need, to go to the courts to get what we need, to appeal to the u.s. supreme court, and to attract people on that basis. and then, finally, the power of his oratory. the man had the ability to move this country and a great fortune of timing for him, just as television was coming of age, and it gave him the megaphone that no one had ever had before. >> mr. mayor, tom writes a story in book "boom," a very moving story about a young 18-year-old woman that believed, as did a lot of other marchers in this small southern town, that if she marched that night, that she could get killed. and tom asked her, as a young reporter, i guess you were at wsb at the time? >> i was, in atlanta, right.
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>> asked her, why are you doing this? and her response was? >> because i have no other choice. i don't know what her name was, but she's still in my mind. >> to think we've got from there to here. >> we've made great progress. and the other thing about dr. king, he focused us on tomorrow, on the future, for a better day for our children. the great progress we've made, the underlying economic disparities and educational disparities are what we must confront as a nation in the 21st century. >> no doubt about it. >> happy birthday, dr. king, go to serve.gov and learn more about how you can get involved. and i think today is a day, also, as part of dr. king's celebration, do something for hait haiti. >> marc morial, thank you. great message. tom, stick around. up next, why health care could be gone even if coakley wins. plus, elizabeth edwards defends herself after a scathing
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write-up in the new book, "game change." it's all next in the politico playbook. we'll be right back. you're watching "morning joe," brewed by starbucks. pollen.
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a new book called "game change" about the 2008 presidential campaign is rocking the political world with a series of revelations from behind the scenes. shocking revelations like this one's a dummy, this one likes the ladies, and old white guys sometimes say "negro." >> a little more than that in there. let's take a look now at the morning papers. "usa today," u.s. steps up relief effort in haiti.
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additional 7,500 military personnel to arrive today. >> and "the new york times," review of jet bomb plot shows more missed clues. a detailed review by "the new york times" shows there were four more warning signs that the administration has acknowledged. >> dallas morning news, whipping boys. a dejected tony romo walks off the field after getting crushed by the vikings. >> tony romo, in these playoffs, just horrific. and he doesn't even have jessica simpson to blame. >> "the washington post," his health care care agenda at risk. >> coakley has a new statement out, she says she's going to win. that what you said, chris, that she's going to win? >> that her get out the vote will work. >> and derek jeter is her favorite boston red sox player. with us now, the executive
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editor for politico, mr. jim vandehei. he's got a look at the politico playbook. good morning, jim. >> good morning, guys. >> lots of people watching this massachusetts race very closely. a recent poll shows senator ben nelson, his approval rating has dropped to 42%. he went all-in on the health care. 28% they disapprove of his policies. could the results of the massachusetts race cause nelson and other moderates to turn their backs on health care? >> i think it absolutely could. all these politicians take a look at what's happening back hope. i think those nelson numbers are very troubling for him, because they're totally attributable to his health care position. he was a make or break vote when they were trying to get it through the senate. he got that sweetheart deal on medicare for his state that became quite controversial and he's become a big focus of the whole campaign to pass health care reform. he's not alone. a lot of democrats are warning privately of their concerns about what's happening at home on health care.
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congressman earl pomeroy last week was in a ways and means committee, and he privately said, if we don't get rid of this health care bill, don't pass it and move on from it, i might as well retire because the voters will retire me otherwise. people are panicking because of those numbers at home. and massachusetts is a microcosm of that. >> we'll watch that one closely. we had seth myers, just watched him on "snl" talking about "game change." obviously, elizabeth edwards not portrayed very well in that book. what's her reaction been? >> she's read the book. she does not want to speak out about it yet, but she has allowed her friends to capture what her thinking is about the book. they essentially say the portrait is true, but what the book misses is the fact is -- how would you react if you found out that you had cancer and could die? how would you react that if you found out that your husband amid all of that is cheating on you? of course, it's going to make her hysterical and volatile and create the portrait that
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everyone sees in that book. what her friends say is that the book misses the bigger point, there is a good side to elizabeth edwards, the one we've seen in public, the one advocating for health care reform. she can be very articulate, focused, often be much smarter on politics than her husband. >> not a great portrayal of her or her husband. jim vandehei, thanks so much. when we come back, tom brokaw shares the latest chapter in his cross-country series, "highway 50." we'll be right back with that when "morning joe" continues. at&t's 3g network lets you talk and surf the web at the same time. verizon's doesn't. [ cellphone rings ] excuse me. yeah. hey, rick. what, you're on a game show right now? what's the capital of peru?
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pretty shot from the top of the rock. it is martin luther king day. markets are closed, so no business before the bell, but we have tom brokaw who went on a cross-country trip to get a snapshot of how everyday americans are getting by in a new documentary premiering tonight on usa. "american character along highway 50." tom, take it away. >> let me just say something, first of all, in the context of haiti. you know, that is a tragedy of such proportions that it's still hard to imagine and we've got a
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long way to go. and what has been very heartening to me is the way this country has responded at a time of an economic downturn. i worry that there might be donor fatigue of some kind, but families that are going through their own day-to-day difficulties are giving money for haiti. and it helps remind us that how lucky we are in this country. we're going through a very, very painful time. no question about it. but in the context of the world, we're still so fortunate to be living in the united states. and nonetheless, the pain that's out there that we found along the way is real. but so is the resolution to do something about it. and for most families, it begins at home. you know, we're going to have to figure this out for ourselves. we had a part in getting into this difficulty. now we've got to find a way out of it. this is not an eat your spinach broadcast tonight. this is about giving you heart and feeling for what is going on with real families.
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it's not about some politician standing up and saying the american people want, i know, well, these are the american people speaking for themselves. i want to share with you now what's going on in a suburb of reno, nevada, called fernley. it was a real boom town with a lot of development, because there's a lot of construction. and then it all collapsed. and we want to share with you one family and what they're going through. >> right next door to us, this home right here has been foreclosed on. this is what corporate america has done to america. it's desolate. >> mile 2,876, fernley, nevada. it's no surprise that shannon oliver has strong feelings about the foreclosure epidemic that surrounds her. she, too, is in the midst of losing her home. are you running out of options, shannon? >> if the bank does not work with us, yeah, we're out of options. >> lose the house? >> we lose our dream.
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>> for a while, the olivers were living the dream. >> when we moved here in august of '05, fernley was the fastest-growing city in the entire united states. and we moved to the promised land, basically. >> they bought the biggest house they felt they could afford, $189,000, no money down. it was a stretch from the start. >> the payment was $1,498 and my husband was only bringing home $1,200 every other week. >> they piled up other debt for cars and credit cards. well, there was kind of a wave going on across the country that everybody had to have everything now? we needed one car, i bought two. >> but as the national economy collapsed, so did fernley's boom. and as unemployment soared, troy lost one job, then another. >> i make a living, i can pay. i just can't pay $1,500. that's it. >> oh, that is the american story. that is where we are and where we've been. >> and there are so many families out there who are going
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through that. they lost the first round with the bank. there was somebody on the phone from bank of america which bought countrywide, which wrote their first mortgage. they turned them down because they said their debt load was too great. there is a chance that they'll be able to keep their home through a new federal program. we don't know yet if they're working through that. shannon is spending all day, every day, to work that out. she said, we can pay something. i'm working as a school bus driver, i can pay $900 to $1,000 a month, i can't pay $1,500. it's not as she's walked away, as a number of her neighbors have, by the way. the flip of all this is, however, that a lot of those homes that weren't underwater in the phrase of the real estate industry and went down in value by half now are being purchased by young and others who have good credit and have some credit and they're able to get an $8,000 tax credit and buy those
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homes and keep those neighborhoods in tact. so it's a push/pull kind of experience that's going on out there. the big story is that we're a long way from being out of this. >> absolutely. and the stress you can see in that story on the marriage, on the family, on everybody changes everything. >> well, she said to me -- and i encountered this again and again and again, is that so many of these families are at the end of the week not taking the overtime money and going out in nine different directions to go to a movie and go to a restaurant -- they're staying home together, they're renting $1 a night videos. and spending more family time together. which reminds me a lot of what it was like in the 1950s when people didn't have a lot and they were hanging together. so that's not a solution, obviously, but it is a demonstration of the reordering of priorities on the part of a lot of americans. >> absolutely. tom brokaw, thank you. and you can catch "tom brokaw presents: american character along highway 50" tonight on usa network at 8:00, that's 7:00
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central time. tom, thank you so much. coming up next, new poll numbers on president obama as he heads into his second year in office. we're going to bring you "the new york times'" david sanger, next on "morning joe." thing as taking a chance? as having to decide to go for it? at the hartford, we help businesses of all kinds... feel confident doing what they do best. by protecting your business, your property, your people. you've counted on us for 200 years. let's embrace tomorrow. and with the hartford behind you, achieve what's ahead of you. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] now you can get the latest name-brand cell phones where you already save.
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hont heels of that victory over a year ago, there were some that suggested that we had somehow entered into a post-racial america. all those problems would be solved. there were those who argue that because i had spoke of a need for unity in this country, that our nation was somehow entering into a period of post-partisanship. that didn't work out so well.
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>> with us now, "new york times" chief washington correspondent, david sanger, who is the author of "the inheritance: the world obama confronts and the challenges to american power." now in paperback with new updates. i was laughing because of the dry way the president said, that didn't work out so well. and you now have the third president who thought they were going to come to washington consecutively and heal this place. he kept running as a compassionate uniter, not a divider, because of what he did in texas. you talk to people in the white house, they will tell you, god, we thought chicago was tough, this is just blood sport here. i guess every new president that comes in from out of town is shocked by just how personal and mean washington politics can be. >> well, i think that's right,
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joe, but you know, president obama didn't come in from out of town. he had at least a few years in the senate and he had a sense of what was going on in the country. i think what you heard in his sort of wistful tone yesterday was an effort to try to go back and try to recapture a little bit of that feeling that the country had, say, in the first month or two after the inauguration a year ago this week. and that's going to be very tough. it's tough, in part, because of the way he did the legislative agenda. but it's tough in part because i don't think any american president at this point, no matter who they are or what they say, can overcome the kind of divides that take place as soon as an election is over. >> jonathan capehart? >> mika? i was listening intently to what david was saying, because i remember, a year ago, the feeling in washington was one giant party for five days. there was a feeling of hope and optimism.
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and i think within a month, if not two, reality hit, both the american people and certainly the obama administration, as to just how big the problems are that he was going to have to face. >> and tom brokaw, i always go back to pat buchanan, saying on the day of the inauguration, he had not seen such goodwill for any president since jfk. >> well, i think that was true that day, but the nature of the problems that the country have faced made it very hard to hold that together. >> for sure. >> i hear from a lot of republicans now who voted for barack obama, saying, i don't think he had his priorities in order. why didn't he go first after the economy and jobs and then begin to attack health care. that's a division that goes on within the democratic party as well. there are a lot of folks on the republican side who say, show me one person with any real and defensible business experience in that administration. you know, nobody's had their
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hands on the levers at any company or has run even a small business. >> mike, how often have you heard that complaint? >> well, you hear it every day, all day. but i tell you, having grown up and still a life-long red sox fan, i'm an optimist. i'm a career optimist. and i would tell you that with regard to where the country is today, the people out on the road that tom has interviewed, the people that jonathan was just speaking of, the people that will vote tomorrow in massachusetts and the people we talk about on cable tv in terms of politics, that's not who we are. a lot of it is who we are, what tom does. who we are is reaching in our pockets to help the people in haiti. who we are is the american military, down in haiti, trying to get that country back up on its feet. that's who we are. that's who we've always been. that's who we'll be in the future. we don't focus enough on who we
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really are. >> and david sanger, you look at some of these numbers that came out from "the washington post." the headlines are all negative out of the poll. barack obama, one year later. confidence in obama to make the right decision for the u.s. future. confident, 47%. not confident, 53%. is obama keeping campaign promises? yes, 41. no, 46. but look at the overriding question. do you approve of the job the president's doing? his number is unchanged from where it was that night in november when he made political history. he's still sitting at 53%. that shows a resilience that must come out of the goodwill that people feel toward this man, just like they felt towards rand ronald reagan. >> i think that's a sfafascinat statistic. and i think in part it comes from the tone that president obama has tried to set during the past year. as i went back and updated the
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inheritance, i was trying to figure out what areas he actually did change the tone and what areas he hadn't. clearly, in the arab world, he has put a new face on america. i think americans respond to that. the problem he's run into, joe, is that in each of the major programs that he's started, and i agree with tom, he may not have done these in the right order, it's very hard at year one to chalk up a big result. he may get it on health care. he certainly didn't get it on iran. he certainly didn't get it on north korea. he may or may not get it in the mideast, but that's a tough bet. so he's got a rough year ahead. this is going to be the really interesting year, i think, of his presidency. >> and tom brokaw, to add to that, wouldn't it be a bigger news story if his poll numbers were where they were? i mean, given the fact that our economy was facing what it was facing, isn't some of this inevitable? i mean, you could criticize the order of importance of priorities and this and that, but how is it going to keep that
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kind of goodwill that swept him into office that had so many different dynamics attached to it? >> as i've been listening to all of us, me included and my friend, david, as well, i can't help but reflect on the fact that what has also changed in the american political universe is that we now spend every nanosecond picking over these numbers and every uptick -- >> picking polls. >> the polls is going on, you've got 24-hour cable dedicated to discussing all of this. so one of the things that i learned when i went out there is that people have a longer view than all of that. they're not getting up in the morning and saying, oh, my embodgod, the president's approval numbers are up or down 2% or 3%. >> let me just say, for the record, this white house, like the last white house, like the last white house, polls 24 hours a day. >> i understand that. >> and i in the oval office when they see some numbers coming in from boston, oh, my god. >> boston is -- >> listen, it's a common curse.
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that's all i'm saying. but in the long judgment of history, it's not that date-to-day, uptick or downtick that will determine the success of this presidency. it is whether he gets the job done and whether we begin to see things turning around. the other piece of this, and i suspect david will agree with me on this, is that these problems were, a, more systemic and more deeply rooted than anyone could have imagined, both internationally and domestically. if you take international, for example, just this christmas day experience with the bomber, you know, what it did was remind us that we're fighting a stateless enemy that is highly mobile, that it doesn't take much to put this country back on its heels again. this huge country, with billions of dollars spent on counterterrorism and intelligence, one guy gets on a plane with powder sewn into his underwear and a syringe trying to blow it up and it knocks us
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completely off our game plan. that's the reality of what we're dealing with now. and that's what we have to develop some perspective about. >> all right. tom brokaw, david sanger, thank you very much. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> the book is "the inheritance," a great book. it's now out in paperbook. if you have not read this book already, you need to. >> and tom, we'll be watching tonight, on usa network tonight, can't wait to see that. we appreciate your coming on. up next, a football columnist for espn, but his new book is about the future global economic boom. who knows what we'll talk about next with greg easterbrooke. we'll be right back with more on "morning joe." this season, there are more reasons than ever...
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welcome back to "morning joe," with us now, contributing editor to the atlantic monthly and "the new republic," espn columnist, gregg easterbook, the author of the new book "sonic boom: globalization at mach speed." get to the book in just a moment. but i read your tuesday morning column, you called the jets a, quote, terrible team. you've mocked them openly.
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what say you this morning, sir? >> every year at the end of the football -- writing a football column is my hobby. it's my secret identity. otherwise, i'm a serious guy. >> yes. >> but every year at the end of the year, i do a column featuring people's bad predictions about the football season. so i will be prominently featured in my own column this year. >> at least your owning up to your mistakes. sanchez looked pretty good, got them through the game, got a touchdown when they needed it. let's get into the book here, "the sonic boom" here. talking about globalization, lay out your argument for us about globalization and why we perhaps shouldn't be so afraid of it? >> the main thesis of the book is that world events are going to improve. you and your guests were talking about optimism earlier. i don't feel good about the current situation. obviously, there's a lot to worry about in the world, but i do feel optimistic. i think global economic growth is going to resume. i think most other underlying global trends have been positive for a long time, rising education levels, greater
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longevity, rising prosperity in the developing world where it's needed the most. i think if you step back from our own problems here in the united states, which are real and palpable and look at the larger arch of the world, the larg larger arc of the world is pretty positive. the book is mainly optimism about the next few years to come. >> what do you say to people with unemployment the way it is, with manufacturing jobs leaving the country. we got word last week that china surpassed the united states in automobile exporting. what do you say to those people? >> well, if you've lost a manufacturing job. if you're in the auto business or in the appliance manufacturing business, et cetera, it's a personal tragedy for you that no advice from authors will ever change. but bear in mind, manufacturing jobs are declining in china too. this is a global transition toward much higher productivity, higher technology and manufacturing that's happening everywhere. china has lost 28 million manufacturing jobs in the last 20 years. even as their output has soared.
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it was always inevitable, because of technology, that manufacturing jobs have declined. at the same time, teaching jobs have risen. health care jobs have risen. that the challenges to make sure that the decline in manufacturing employment is offset by rising employment in other sectors. . >> gregg easterbrook, it's a really fascinating thesis saying capitalism kind of thrives on its own instability. so some silver lining as to what's going on here. gregg easterbrook, the book is "sonic boom," thanks so much for your time this morning. >> sure. thank you. >> and let's go jets. coming up next, what, if anything, did we learn today?
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welcome back. welcome back, kids. time to talk about what we learned today. willie, what did you learn? >> i learned that you can get jonathan capehart gear at vivajonathancapehart.com. >> i'm getting the t-shirt. >> i learned that willie gives good back rubs. >> yes, he does. >> i just learned that. >> i didn't get one. >> are you sure? >> i learned that i can't wait to watch brokaw on "highway 50." >> it's going to be great. tonight at 8:00 on usa. >> ten seconds. >> bill doesn't know this yet, nobody knows this, hopefully
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we'll get up to boston tonight. >> a big story. >> thanks for being with us today, folks. willie, if it's -- >> way too early, it's "morning joe." right now, chuck and savannah. >> boom, boom! in haiti, an amazing rescue out of the rubble, but tempers are on edge and security the concern today as countless others struggle to get what they need. plus -- >> if you were fired up in the last election, i need you more fired up in this election. >> the president puts it on the line. desperately campaigning hard in massachusetts, because he knows it's the only way to save his health care bill. it's january 18th, 2010. i'm chuck todd. >> good morning, everyone, i'm savannah guthrie. let's start in haiti this morning. things are tense. 70,000 people have already been buried in mass graves this and the prime minister says the death toll stands at 100,000, at least. but one bright spot, ten people
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were pulled yesterday from the rubble, the largest single-day rescue in decades. let's get to nbc's kerry sanders in port-au-prince this morning. good morning, kerry. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. imagine, buried in the rubble and still alive. and then you hear a tap on the outside, a voice, and you respond, and they're moving towards you. it's been these incredible, incredible efforts by teams from all over the world, teams from turkey, teams from the united states, from south florida have spent a fair amount of time with the south florida urban task force, which has been at the caribbean supermarket. and they have been making just amazing headway. i'm going to sort of show you down here, these are the types of buildings that they're going through. see that debris there. they're on their stomachs, almost like superman, with their hands out as they're making their way, inch by inch, in sometimes areas that are only 11 inches high. they make their way, tunnel, then they go down, then they tunnel a little bit more,

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